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Basic Construction Diploma Level 1 at Rotherham College

Course description

Build your career in construction and learn a skilled trade with our hands-on practical learning that will prepare you for the construction industry.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, our Construction department hosts first-class facilities, providing you with the perfect foundations to construct a successful career. Whether it’s brickwork, carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, plastering or plumbing, our industry experienced tutors will support you in moving up the career ladder, no matter what level you start at.

The College has strong links with employers such as Willmott Dixon, and our tools are state of the art, thanks to generous donations from Stanley Black and Decker. Previous students have taken part in the HOPE Strategy project; where Rotherham College teamed up with Rotherham Borough Council and charity Action Housing to help renovate derelict houses into fully functioning, modern homes for vulnerable people. There are fantastic opportunities to showcase your skills at competitions such as SkillBuild, as well as the possibility for your work to be entered for the City and Guilds Gold Awards.

Course content

During the course you will learn a range of practical woodworking skills covering site carpentry, bench joinery and cabinet making. There is also a theory aspect to the course to give you a good underpinning knowledge of the topics covered.

What will I study?

You will cover a range of units throughout the course in order to introduce, develop and then expand your skills. These include:

•Jointing skills

•Assembly skills

•Flooring skills

•Partitioning skills

•Hand tool maintenance

•Functional Skills in maths and English (for those who have not achieved GCSE grades C or above in these subjects)

What added value will I receive?

•The course is run by experienced staff in purpose-built workshops with a huge range of tools and equipment

•The Construction department was awarded a grade one ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted 

Entry requirements

•There are no formal entry requirements. Potential students must have an interest and enthusiasm in woodworking and be keen to develop their woodworking skills

•Entry is by admission after an interview with the course tutor


There is no formal examination to sit. On completion of each unit you be assessed on the quality of your practical work and the completion of a small underpinning knowledge book.

Financial information

16-18 year olds do not need to pay course fees. Depending on your circumstances you may not need to pay fees. Contact the Enquiries on the details below for advice and guidance on:

T: 01709 722777


Future opportunities

On completion of the course you may progress onto the Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery or the Diploma in Furniture and Cabinet making.

Further information

For more details please contact the Enquiry Team on:

T: 01709 722777 



How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 July 2018
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